Barack Obama went on a rant about his failure to push for financial reparations for African Americans while he was president. He blamed "the politics of White resistance and resentment.”
In the second episode of his podcast with Bruce Springsteen, “Renegades: Born in the USA,” released on Monday, Obama said that he thinks reparations are “justified,” despite having opposed it during the 2008 election.
Obama said during his appearance “Renegades: Born in the USA” with Bruce Springsteen that "there’s not much question that the wealth … the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves."
He continued"And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of White resistance and resentment. The talk of 'welfare queens' and the talk of the 'undeserving' poor. And the backlash against affirmative action.”
Obama said, “All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program struck me as, politically, not only a nonstarter but potentially counterproductive."
He also added that it’s "perfectly understandable why working-class White folks, middle-class White folks, folks who are having trouble paying the bills or dealing with student loans, wouldn't be too thrilled" with the idea of "a massive program that is designed to deal with the past but isn't speaking to their future."
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